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Internships and Work Integrated Learning with Perth Festival

We are an annually curated multi-genre arts festival in Perth, WA that showcases the very best of national and international film, theatre, circus, dance, literature and music. The Lotterywest Film season runs from November to April and the Perth Festival runs across February and March, but we are busy all year planning and preparing for delivery. Our team expands from a core team of 27 to over 200 at the peak of Festival – creating a unique, fast paced and ever-changing working environment.

We are offering a variety of unpaid internships for the 2020 Perth Festival in line with the details listed below. All of our internships are focused on ensuring valuable learning experiences are acquired through exposure to practical workplace examples. We work with a number of different education institutes to ensure specific course criteria is met and support students with collating reports as required.

We will be looking for students that can demonstrate exceptional communication skills, strong computer literacy, creative problem solving skills and of course a passion for their field of study and / or the arts / events industry.

Our internships are highly sought after and the strongest applicants will be invited to go through a competitive process that involves at least one interview and a practical exercise. Working through this process is important learning in itself and we will provide constructive feedback to all applicants who successfully secure interviews. 

We actively strive for diversity in our teams. Qualified applicants are considered for internships without regard to age, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability. 

If you wish to apply for one of the internships below, please submit a cover letter and CV to humanresources@perthfestival.com.au by 15 June 2019. Please ensure your cover letter addresses the following:

  • Which internship you are applying for
  • Why you are the best fit for this internship
  • The three main things you are hoping to gain from the experience
  • Your ideal schedule / availability for participating in an internship (dates, hours and days)

We will respond to all applicants week commencing 17 June 2019 and will be running interviews in the first week of July for those who are selected for the second phase.

Marketing

This internship is hosted by our Marketing and Communications team and is suitable for students who are interested in being exposed to:

  • Designing, developing and delivering bespoke marketing campaigns
  • Learning how to build and create content for specific audiences
  • Learning about signage and publication distribution
  • Participating in and supporting with audience development and segmentation research
  • Understanding campaign analytics

This internship would suit students available 1 – 2 days per week, commencing in August or September 2019. The length of internship is flexible, concluding post launch (November 2019) or post Festival (March 2020).

Digital Marketing

This internship is hosted by our Marketing and Communications team and is suitable for students who are interested in being exposed to:

  • The process of building and sending eNews
  • Learning how to build and create content for specific audiences
  • Learning how to appropriately execute tactical digital promotions
  • Coordination and uploading of multimedia content to social media in a professional context
  • Analysis of web and social media activities
  • Understanding how to appropriately respond to customer queries via online channels

This internship would suit students available 1 – 2 days per week, commencing in August or September 2019. The length of internship is flexible, concluding post launch (November 2019) or post Festival (March 2020).

Communications

This internship is hosted by our Marketing and Communications team and is suitable for students who are interested in being exposed to:

  • Understanding how to maintain a media database
  • Learning how to build and create content for specific audiences
  • Learning how to appropriately copy, distribute and archive media clippings
  • Coordination of staff and artist media calls and promotional appearances
  • Allocating tickets for media
  • Media monitoring

This internship would suit students available 1 – 2 days per week, commencing in August or September 2019. The length of internship is flexible, concluding post launch (November 2019) or post Festival (March 2020).

Event Management / Fundraising

This internship is hosted by our Sponsorship and Philanthropy team and is suitable for students who are interested in being exposed to:

  • Coordination and delivery of events for Festival sponsors, partners and donors
  • Learning how to enter and update RSVP lists in Tessitura
  • Learning how to maintain event management databases
  • Creating door lists and run sheets
  • Researching sponsors, partners and donors

This internship would suit students available 1 – 2 days per week, commencing in October 2019. The length of internship is flexible, concluding post launch (November 2019) or post Festival (March 2020).

Programming

This internship is hosted by our Programming team and is suitable for students who are interested in being exposed to:

  • Artist liaison and artist services
  • Program research
  • Collating information on Festival artists
  • Learning about artist contracting and artist payments
  • Practical arts administration in a Festival environment
  • An introduction to local and national networks across artistic companies and suppliers

This internship would suit students available 1 – 2 days per week, commencing in October 2019 and concluding post Festival (March 2020). We can tailor the experience to increase the focus on a particular programming stream of interest (eg. Film, visual arts, music, literature, theatre, dance etc).

Production

This internship is hosted by our Production team and is suitable for students who are interested in being exposed to:

  • Planning and delivery of a multi-million dollar, multi-venue arts Festival
  • Production management and scheduling
  • Ground transport and logistics
  • Risk management and operational planning

This internship would suit students available 1 – 2 days per week, commencing in October 2019 and concluding post Festival (March 2020). We can tailor the experience to cater for specific interests or study focus (eg. Lighting, sound design, stage management etc).

Events Operation Management

This is a more structured placement suitable for Events Operations Management and Work Integrated Learning (WIL) students. In order to meet the requirements of this placement, the intern will spend time with Production and Programming in the lead up to our 2020 Program Launch scheduled for 31 October 2019. Upon completion of this placement, students will have developed skills in:

  • Management and operations of events
  • Event creation
  • Event design and staging
  • Venue selection and management
  • Human resource management for events
  • Risk, safety and security planning for events
  • Marketing and performance evaluation of events

This placement for 2019 runs in Semester 2 for a minimum of 15 hours per week.

Service Learning

This is a more structured placement suitable for Service Learning and Work Integrated Learning (WIL) students. In order to meet the requirements of this placement, the intern will spend time with Production and Programming in the lead up to our 2020 Program Launch scheduled for 31 October 2019. Upon completion of this placement, students will have a broader understanding of how organisations service the community through events.

This is an 80 hour placement running over Semester 2 2019.

Human Resources / People and Culture

This is a more structured placement suitable for Work Integrated Learning (WIL) students. In order to meet the requirements of the placement, the intern may spend time in other departments also. Upon completion of this placement, students will be able to:

  • Understand how to develop a resource plan and recruitment strategy for a seasonal work force
  • Screen candidates, develop interview templates and schedules
  • Draft employment contracts within the applicable employment law framework
  • Understand how to interpret Awards and Agreements
  • Understand the various components of new starter inductions, inclusive of health and safety, process and policy
  • Work through incident reporting processes and return to work plans
  • Understand policy and process development within an organisation
  • Analyse training and development needs on an individual and organisational level
  • Develop exit interview templates and schedules

This placement can flex to suit the needs of the unit / WIL schedule and can be tailored to fit with Semester 2 2019, a 2019 Summer program or Semester 1 2020. 

Arts Management

This is a more structured placement suitable for Arts Management and Work Integrated Learning (WIL) students. In order to meet the requirements of this placement, the intern will spend time in Sponsorship and Philanthropy, Finance and Operations, People and Culture, Marketing and Communications and Production and Programming. Upon completion of this placement, students will be able to:

  • Apply theoretical concepts in Arts Management to practical operations
  • Understand the role of the Arts Manager in a professional context
  • Appreciate effective administration in an arts organisation
  • Appreciate the principles of funding arts organsiations and control of expenditure
  • Understand the effectiveness of sales and marketing strategies
  • Analyse communication channels in arts organisations
  • Understand the utilisation of resources in arts organisations (physical resources and HR)
  • Develop a strategy for dealing with current issues in arts management

This placement for 2019 runs from late July to late September (Semester 2) 4 days per week for 10 weeks. We will also work with the student to support them with their reporting requirements.